July 31, 2008 11:52pm CST
The burden is not on the school alone, or the educational Institutions alone, or the parents alone. It is also on the community..... POVERTY is the root of all drop-outs. With parents not able to provide vasic needs like lunch money, transportation fares, school uniforms, school requirements and contributions. Children drops-out of school, and there is no way for the stats to go but UP.
6 Aug 08
Although poverty is the cause why other students drop out from school. It can not be entirely credited to it. If there's no money for ones education, the student can find work as working students. They have to work at the same study hard. Very difficult but you can measure the eagerness of the students to finish school by this method.
7 Aug 08
Yes, I have to agree with you, but also I do not think that poverty is the only reason that the Drop out rates are high. It depends on the interests of the children too. And also, it sometimes depends on the family background the local traditions of the place. For example, In Rural India, some of the families still do not allow their girl child to continue education after puberty. You cannot say poverty is the cause there because these people are well enough to send their children to school, but its their family tradition and mis belief that stops them from sending their children to school, or letting them continue their education. Apart from this, many a people drop out of school because they lose interest in studies or are drifted away into something else. Poverty can be a reason, but if the student is good enough to study, then they always have scholarships and other benefits which they can use to complete their school. It is always in the interests of the person who wants to go to school. Also some parents tend to think that school education wouldn't help their child grow up to be strong enough to support them through their life, so they tend to get them out and make them learn a trade and live with it. You cannot blame that on the child because most of the times children do want to go to schools, but there are many factors which affect their schooling. bourne
7 Aug 08
Hmm.. I can't fully agree with that, I think poverty is just the second reason for this. For me mainly its for the parents. It not right to have children knowing that you can't afford to give them though not so comfortable but a good life ahead of them. Poverty is not something that just pop up out of nowhere, people are the one who made it. With this kind of cycle.. not enough food, money for education and for basic needs those drop outs that will eventually become a parents will produce another drop out not unless they made a good life turning point that will make there life and there children to be more good. I think parents is the first one that should provide this..
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
2 Aug 08
This is one thing I am afraid to happen to my children, be drop-outs. I have a kid in the north and he is going to college. Our problem is not the tuition fees right now but his daily allowance. Sending kids to school is really frustrating now, considering the high prices of basic needs, the transportation, etc. KEEP SMILING = NEIL (red star 91 @ 1409)
1 Aug 08
You are right! Many children can't continue their schooling due to poverty but there are also those who drop out because despite their financial ability, they are just too lazy and lax and would rather spend their life in non-sense happy go lucky activities. But indeed many poor children do love to study. They just don't have the means becasue their parents are too poor that continuing their studies will mean depriving them of money for their food. What a pity! I just pray that this government will allocate money for free education instead of corrupting the people's money.
• United States
1 Aug 08
I agree wholeheartedly--poverty is a huge issue in stopping kids from getting and education. Some of their parents feel that their children ought to get jobs to help support the family or are just plain unable to shell out the money to send their child to school. However, I will say that a school's requirement of school uniforms is pathetic if it denies kids the right to learn. School uniforms are supposed to help learning (ahem, supposed to...), but if they're become learning hindrances instead of aids, why keep them in school? It's more important that kids learn, not that they dress correctly.